Water Spots? Stains? It happens on things we use. More so on things we use every day.
Here at Directsinks, we get phone calls, emails, and live chat request for some hidden secret or trick on how to keep a stainless steel sink looking new, or at least clean.
The difficult part about suggesting how to clean a sink is that not all sinks are created equal. Furthermore, not all environments are equal. Across the country we all have different water quality. Some areas pull water from the subterranean aqua fir, which requires drilling and pumping. Other areas use surface water such as lakes. Some areas have a lot of minerals which can leave deposits and water stains. Some areas have less.
According to most sink manufacturers, it is suggested to clean and dry your sink after every use.
I have even seen a rare mention to use a small application of olive oil on the sink after it is clean and dry. (Applied with paper towel or clean cotton pad)
Lets make it easy - Have a non-abrasive dish sponge?
When you are done with your sink, uses a little dish soap with the sponge and do a quick lap around your sink. Then rinse. This is important just to get rid of food bits that can harden on the surface.
What if you can't get the dried food off? Well.. now you know you waited way too long! Here is what you do; Blot the food with soapy warm water, wait 5 minutes and try to scrub off. If it does not work, wet it again and wait another 5 minutes. Repeat if necessary.
Here is a picture of what not to do:
This lovely sink was used to hold chlorine tablets for a swimming pool. This sink is heavily pitted. Nothing is bringing this surface back.
We advise against the use of any harsh cleaners or chemicals such as, but not limited to:
- Bleach, undiluted
- CLR (Calcium Lime Rust cleaner)
- Paint Thinner
- Mineral Spirits
- Muriatic acid
- Sulfuric Acid
- nail polish remover
- GoJo - or any pumice or abrasive cleaners
- Bon Ami/Bar Keepers Friend*
*(Sometimes Bonami or Barkeepers Friend makes this list. Double check with your specific manufacturer)
Rule of thumb - Dish soap is fine to clean your sink. Use warm water. Use a non-abrasive sponge or cotton towel.
Here is a link to our Warranty and Maintenance page: Warranty and Maintenance